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Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!

Basil Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

A super fun sweet potato dish that everyone will love!

All of the measurements in this recipe can be give or take -- it does not have to be exact!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword great for Thanksgiving, best potato sides
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 219 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein

Ingredients

  • olive oil for the pan
  • 3 small to medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 4 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 12 large basil leaves, washed and dried, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sprinkle of chile powder, mild or hot, depending on what you like
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and adjust a rack to the center.

  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil. Then evenly sprinkle the oil with salt and pepper.
  3. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes, and then cut them in half, lengthwise. Place them on the oiled and seasoned parchment-lined sheet pan, round side up. Roast them in the preheated 375°F oven until they are super soft, about 30 minutes.

  4. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, add a layer of paper towels to a plate and set aside. Then add the bacon to a large sauté pan, over medium heat, and cook until it's crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Let the bacon strips drain on the towel-lined plate.

  5. Crumble the bacon and mix it with the basil.
  6. Once you remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, use a fork to gently mash the them inside of their skins. (Keep the oven on!)
  7. Top each one with an equal portion of the basil-bacon mixture.
  8. Now top each one with an equal portion of the cheese, drizzle all of them with the honey and sprinkle each with a touch of the chile powder.
  9. Place the sheet pan in the 375°F oven just to melt the cheese and bring the flavors together, about 5 minutes.

  10. Serve!